Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She began telling stories at a very early age, regaling her neighborhood chums with her tales over homemade sugar cookies. Visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father's stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the Tucson area reinforced Marsha's love of 19th Century Western history and literature.
Marsha has published a series of post-American Civil War Western novels, collaborated on two nonfiction books, and published over 900 other pieces, including newspaper and newsletter articles, columns, short stories, and poems. Her writing has won many awards, including the national Alice Abel Prize for Poetry in 2003.
After fifty+ years in the city, Marsha now makes her home in a tiny hamlet under Central Arizona's magnificent Mogollon Rim. When she is not writing, she loves to spoil her grandchildren, travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books.